Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Eye-catching TV and movie billboards around L.A. in November...

November has been a busy month for new movies, with everyone trying to cash in on Thanksgiving weekend and building up to the festive holiday season. What's more the weather has become a bit more unpredictable and with daylight savings the sun is moving faster and is lower in the sky, making it harder to capture the best photographs of all these cool billboards. Regardless, here's some fantastic examples of what the L.A. skyline had to offer this month in terms of TV, film and entertainment billboards.

Movie billboards
Tintin seaplane billboard
First up is a truly eye-catching billboard for the new Tintin movie. I love seeing billboards with special extensions like this seaplane, I always think they look so cool and engaging.
Puss in Boots billboards
When I went Downtown to pick up my race packet for the Rock 'n' Roll L.A. Half Marathon I spied this amazing trio of billboards for the Puss in Boots movie, which I'd never have seen otherwise.
Ghost Protocol movie billboard
No matter how mad you think Tom Cruise is with all his Scientology and jumping up on down on chairs on chat shows nonsense, you have to admit this giant billboard along L.A.'s Sunset Strip looks pretty spectacular for the fourth Mission: Impossible cinematic installment.
Mission Impossible 4 Ghost Protocol billboard
There's also several other ad creatives for Ghost Protocol, so be sure to check them out at my Daily Billboard blog.
Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas billboard
As I mentioned above the festive movies have started already, which is always a bit disconcerting in sunny L.A. in November, but I do like this fun billboard for A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (I think it's primarily Neil Patrick Harris with his candy cane aimed at passersby).
Arthur Christmas elf billboard
Even though it came early, one of my favourite campaigns in November was for Arthur Christmas, which had loads of special extensions, billboards trimmed with fairy lights and even a living billboard installation for the animated movie along Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. How amazing is that.
Harry Potter Oscar consideration billboard
Another favourite collection of ads were those for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Oscar consideration campaign. Not only does it promote the Blu-ray release with billboards featuring Harry, Snape, Hagrid and Voldemort, but they also encourage Academy Award voters to consider the movie for Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay.
Happy Feet Two billboard
The cute billboards for Happy Feet Two also made me smile this month, but what's not to like about fluffy baby penguins.
The Muppets billboard Sunset Strip
The Muppets were back in a big way this Thanksgiving and making a spectacle of themselves along Sunset Plaza with this super-sized, muppet packed creative that was a joy to see.
J Edgar movie billboard
Leonardo DiCaprio did his best frowning for the J. Edgar Hoover movie billboards and the patriotic stars and stripes design was a nice touch for this biopic about the infamous FBI Director.
Immortals movie billboards
I finally got to see Immortals this weekend and loved it. This giant billboard really doesn't do the movie justice, which is filmed beautifully with spectacular visuals and loads of buff bodies to enjoy.
Hugo billboard
Hugo is getting rave reviews, so I can't wait to see it. I love this whimsical billboard for the new fantasy adventure from Martin Scorsese. Be sure to check out these costumes and props from Hugo including the automaton 'mechanical man' featured in the movie.
Twilight Breaking Dawn billboards
Meanwhile Twilight is back with another box office smash, choosing to split the final book just like Harry Potter so the studio can rake in more money when Part 2 of Breaking Dawn is released next year.
Twilight Breaking Dawn billboard
If you're a fan, be sure to check out these original costumes and props from The Twilight Saga on display.

Sports billboards
Wrestlemania John Cena vs The Rock billboard
I snapped this Wrestlemania billboard solely as a favour for my nephew, Evan, as he's a big wrestling fan. Obviously The Rock's film career is floundering if he's headed back to the ring.

TV billboards
Hung and Bacardi billboards
As always there were some great giant-sized billboards around L.A. this month including this saucy season three billboard for Thomas Jane in Hung and the third season fun ad for Bored to Death which replaced it.
Giant Bored to Death season 3 billboard
Beavis and Butt-head got another bright billboard for their 'new'd', I mean new episodes.
Beavis and Butthead newd episodes billboard
One of my favourite reality cooking shows is back on TV and Top Chef: Texas moseyed back on the scene with this creative for their ninth season.
Top Chef Texas billboard
Not to be outdone, The Next Iron Chef: Superchefs also had their knives drawn for their fourth series.
Next Iron Chef billboard
I'm also enjoying these witty ads for The Soup which is moving transmission day, each different creative features an usual passenger alongside Joel McHale.
The Soup TV billboard
You can tell Awards Season is on the way when you see Oscar and Emmy consideration billboards around the City of Angels. This one is for actress Callie Thorne in USA's Necessary Roughness.
Necessary Roughness Emmy Consideration billboard
Also for your consideration are the lead actors from Suits with this tall billboard just opposite the other USA ad along Sunset Boulevard.
Giant Suits Emmy Consideration billboard
I'm also loving that the ladies of Hot in Cleveland are getting into the holiday spirit for their third season of the sitcom. That Betty White is a Ho-Ho-Ho hoot.
Hot in Cleveland season 3 billboard
Westerns were back on TV this season compliments of Hell on Wheels on AMC.
Hell on Wheels TV billboard
Meanwhile, A&E wants to creep you out this December with a Stephen King mini-series starring Pierce Brosnan. I loved these Bag of Bones ads, especially the eerie Beware the Lake teaser billboard.
Bag of Bones TV billboard

Book billboards
Gaga book billboard
Finally here's a billboard that could fit into music as well as publishing, for Lady Gaga's behind-the-scenes book, with images captured by Terry Richardson as she travelled all over the world on her Monster Ball Tour.

And that's it for this eclectic collection, be sure to check out Daily Billboard every day for even more great visuals gracing L.A.'s skyline and come back next month for another round-up...

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